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Forum topic by MOJOE posted 08-16-2010 12:10 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MOJOE

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08-16-2010 12:10 AM

I read an article on the net regarding the use of 7-1/4 inch circular saw blades on a tablesaw. Besides the lower cost, the author discusses less stress on the saw’s motor, and less burning of material. He also talks about not wasting as much material due to a thinner kerf. Anyway, it seemed interesting, and I was just wondering what your thoughts were…...I would hate to try is and damage my saw in some way.
Thanks,
joe

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 12:48 AM

You won’t damage your saw unless it’s made for less than a 7 1/4” blade…

You will have less height to cut with, and way less on the 45 degree cuts (or any angle for that matter).

The only reason I could think why it would be that much easier on the motor is because you not taking as much of a cut /rip, or if your motor is undersized.

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 01:02 AM

I have seen people do this with no problems. If you have a SawStop, you might have to check to see if there are any special considerations.

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#3 posted 08-16-2010 01:11 AM

It shouldn’t hurt your saw, but you’re not likely to get results as good as those from premium 10” blades.

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#4 posted 08-16-2010 02:00 AM

My cordless circular saw has a very narrow kerf and it is only a 6” blade. In theory, I could use that blade on my TS, but I wonder if the blade could stand the torque from the saw. I know I wouldn’t hurt the saw, but I might hurt the blade.

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 02:03 AM

I’ve used an old 7 1/4” numerous times to cut pressure treated and nasty old plywood headed for the garbage. My Jet ProShop hasn’t shown any ill effects.
I use the circular saw blades to save the teeth on my good Woodworker II and Freud blades.

I got the idea from Matthias' website. Is this the place you’re talking about?

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 04:29 AM

I did read about this on Matthias’ website…..cool site, I really like his perspective on things

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 03:07 PM

Yes indeedy.
His engineering background shines through both his projects and his solutions.

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